By Habeeb Kuranga
The Football Association of Wales has announced that both its male and female national teams will be paid equally.
The FAW became the latest governing body to agree on equal pay deals for men’s and women’s internationals on Wednesday, after the United States of America, England, Spain, Norway and the Netherlands over the last years.
Both National teams released a joint statement, talking about their agreement on equal pay.
“Together Stronger has been the mantra across the Cymru National Teams for us all, both on and off the pitch as we look to put Wales on the world stage.
“As part of the FAW’s strive towards equality, we are now proud to announce that together, our Men’s and Women’s teams have agreed to an equal pay structure for future international matches. We hope that this will allow future generations of boys and girls to see that there is equality across Welsh International football, which is important for society as a whole. With this agreement in place, we will now look ahead to the UEFA Euro 2024 and 2025 qualifying campaigns, as we aim to see further success across both our senior teams in the near future,” the joint statement read.
The Wales women’s national team made history last year after qualifying for the World Cup play-offs for the very first time, before Switzerland quashed their chances of progression to the tournament. The men’s team, meanwhile, made it to the 2022 world cup in Qatar – their first World Cup since 1958 – before being eliminated in the group stage.